Lent is that time of year when
in religious education
we talk about
specifically the death of Jesus through Crucifixion.
But for many first graders this is the first time hearing about the crucifixion, resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus
This can bring varied responses from your students….and inevitably their parents.
Some students have experienced the death of a loved one
Some have not
Some students have sick friends/relatives
Some are just curious
But many will want to know more about Death.
Let parents know the topics you are covering and that so they can be prepared should the children come home with questions.
Answer truthfully and honestly what you can , don’t be afraid to tell them you are unsure
or to tell them that something they asked they might want to talk over more with mom/dad/guardian.
For reference I’ve posted on another blog about death and how to talk about death with children:
Be intuitive to what the child is really asking
make it a prayer moment
ask if any one has joys/concerns or something they’d like to pray for.